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First Destination: SAU Outcomes Survey

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What is the First Destination Survey?

The first destination survey is a brief online survey for gathering employment and graduate school admissions data from new college graduates based upon prevailing national demands and standards.

The benefits of completing the survey include:

  • Opportunity to win great prizes
  • Communicate the value of your degree: The more value we can show your degree has, the more valuable your degree becomes.
  • Helps us identify employer partnerships resulting in increased recruiting opportunities for future Ambrosians 

How can I retrieve my unique link to The First Destination: SAU Outcomes Survey?

  1. Go to the Resend my Survey Link page
  2. Select St. Ambrose University from the drop-down list of schools
  3. Select your graduation class from the drop-down list of graduation classes
  4. Enter your name and email address, and click the "retrieve" button

If the email address you entered matches the email we have in your profile, an email with your unique survey link will be sent to you automatically. If your email address does not match, contact the Career Center at 333-6339 for assistance in updating your contact information and accessing your survey link.

When will I receive the survey?

1 month prior to graduation.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the survey?

Contact the SAU Career Center at 333-6339.

How are my responses used?

We use data in career and academic advising, student recruitment, and to meet institutional reporting requirements including Job Placement and Graduate/Professional School Admissions under the 2010 Amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965. CSO Research, Inc. also aggregates responses into national career outcomes reports six-months and one-year after graduation. 

Response data is sanitized to remove all information that could identify individual student and institutional responses. To learn about how data gathered through The Outcomes Survey is used and reported, review our Informed Consent Statement.

How frequently can I update my responses to the Survey?

You may update your survey responses and contact information as frequently as you wish during the survey period by using the unique link to access your survey responses.

Since a lot can change during the months after graduation, you will be asked to review and update your responses three times after your initial response 1-month prior to graduation: at three months, six months and twelve months after graduation. Prizes are awarded at each stage of survey, so you are encouraged to respond at each stage.

When are prize drawings conducted?

A prize drawing is conducted at the conclusion of each survey stage. All respondents who complete the survey are entered into the drawing for that stage. Prize drawings are conducted within 30 days of the conclusion of each survey stage. Odds of winning a prize at any stage are based on the total number of respondents completing that stage of the survey and vary from stage to stage.

How will I be notified if I am a prize winner?

Prize winners are notified via email and must confirm receipt of the notification email in order to receive any prize awarded. Survey respondents are eligible to win only one prize per drawing.

Who is conducting The First Destination: SAU Outcomes Survey?

The First Destination: SAU Outcomes Survey is conducted by CSO Research, Inc., in partnership with and on behalf of St. Ambrose University.

Where can I find data from the most recent survey?

You can click here, and we also have that link on the Career Center home page.  Faculty, can request major specific data here.